New York Mets: Ben Copeland

Around the minors 6.20.12

June, 21, 2012
NORFOLK 3, BUFFALO 1: Pedro Beato surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Nate McLouth in the fifth, while Manny Acosta surrendered the final run, on three hits, in the eighth. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-4 but played a full game at shortstop in his return to the Bisons after two rehab games with Class A St. Lucie. Ronny Cedeño, after five starts at shortstop, shifted to second base and went 1-for-4. Dylan Owen had tossed 71 pitches after four innings, so manager Wally Backman decided to go to the bullpen early, despite Owen having allowed only one run. Meanwhile, 49-year-old Jamie Moyer also logged four innings. Moyer's line: one run on three hits with four strikeouts. The lone run Moyer surrendered was a solo homer to Matt Tuiasosopo. Box

Zack Wheeler suffered his first loss in two months despite allowing only one earned run in the opener, but Cory Mazzoni led the B-Mets to a doubleheader split with a complete game in his Double-A debut in the nightcap. In Game 1, Binghamton’s shaky defense cost Wheeler in the second. With runners at first and second and one out, Ben Copeland sent a potential double-play grounder to short. Josh Rodriguez flipped to Rylan Sandoval for one out, but the relay to first skipped past Eric Campbell, allowing Thomas Neal to score from second. The defensive missteps continued in the third. With one out and runners at the corners, Chun Chen sent a groundball to third that could have ended the inning. Jefry Marte juggled the baseball and settled for one out as Davis Stoneburner scored to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Wheeler (6-3) suffered the hard-luck loss, snapping his six-game winning streak. It was the first time Binghamton had lost behind Wheeler since April 24. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. The Binghamton offense awoke in the nightcap. Marte started a two-out rally in the first against Akron starter Francisco Jimenez with a single. Marte stole second and scored when Campbell doubled. It was the first time in seven games the B-Mets have scored first. The Aeros scratched back against Mazzoni in the first. Juan Duaz doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Nick Weglarz. Akron loaded the bases later in the inning, but Mazzoni wiggled out of damage by inducing Matt Lawson to fly out to center. Kai Gronauer broke a 1-all tie in the fourth by drilling a two-run single that bounced off Jimenez’s back and rolled into centerfield. Pedro Zapata brought home another run by beating out a double-play ball. Reese Havens capped the scoring with an RBI single. Mazzoni (1-0) faced two over the minimum over his final six innings. In total, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings while collecting four strikeouts. He becomes the third Binghamton starting pitcher to win his Double-A debut, joining Darin Gorski and Greg Peavey, who performed the feat in April. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, BRADENTON 2: After a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance by Ramon Ramirez, Tyler Pill limited Bradenton to one run in 5 1/3 innings. Taylor Whitenton then picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. St. Lucie broke a 1-all tie with a five-run ninth that included a two-run double by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (1-for-3). Tovar as well as Wilmer Flores (1-for-3, one RBI) and catcher Francisco Pena (0-for-4) were promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the game. St. Lucie completed the first half with a 49-19 record. Box

PRINCETON 10. KINGSPORT 7: Long Island native Steven Matz -- the Mets' top pick in the 2009 draft, who had been slowed for most of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery -- allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings in his first official professional game. Matz had one of five Kingsport errors. Michael Bernal homered and had three RBIs for the K-Mets. First-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 1-for-5 and committed an error at shortstop in his second professional game. Box

BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 2: Luis Cessa (1-0) earned the win, going five innings and allowing six hits, two earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts as Brooklyn won its third straight against the Yankees. The Cyclones received a combined three innings of one-hit relief from Ernesto Yanez, who struck out four batters in two innings, and David Wynn, who tossed a perfect ninth. Trailing 1-0, Stefan Sabol singled in the fourth and advanced to second when DH Julio Concepcion walked. Eudy Pina then homered to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead. The Cyclones added three runs in the sixth. Concepcion reached on a ground-rule double. Pina and Jeffrey Glenn then drew back-to-back walks before Dimas Ponce plated Concepcion with a sacrifice fly. Richie Rodriguez grounded into a forceout at second to score Pina. With Rodriguez at first, Brandon Nimmo doubled on a line drive to left to bring him home. Nimmo advanced to third on a Yankees fielding error and Phillip Evans walked to put runners on the corners. However, Alex Sanchez ended the inning with a pop out to second. Brooklyn produced its final run in the seventh, as Pina doubled to score Sabol, who had also doubled. Box

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Around the minors 5.1.12

May, 1, 2012
SYRACUSE 8, BUFFALO 0: Zach Duke pitched Syracuse passed Buffalo, snapping the Bisons' four-game winning streak. Duke, the former National League All-Star while with Pittsburgh, held the Herd to three hits over a season-high seven innings. The southpaw struck out five Bisons and didn't allow a hit in eight chances with runners in scoring position. His Chief teammates, meanwhile, got plenty of big hits. Right fielder Brett Carroll opened the scoring with a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning against Garrett Olson. Corey Brown added two more in the fourth with a double. Syracuse increased its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Jarrett Hoffpauir and a sac fly from Mark Teahan. Former Bisons outfielder Jason Michaels added a two-run double in the eighth against left-hander Josh Edgin. Chuck James pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He has allowed one run in nine appearances this year. Valentino Pascucci went 0-for-4 and saw his Bisons-best 13-game hitting streak end. Vinny Rottino had one of Buffalo's four hits. His hitting streak now reached 12 games. Fred Lewis made his Bisons debut, going 0-for-4 while manning center field. The Bisons will look to even the series Wednesday with Matt Harvey on the mound. Box

AKRON 6, BINGAMTON 5 (10 innings): Chun Chen came off the bench for the Aeros and supplied three hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th, as the B-Mets could not hold a three-run lead and Elvin Ramirez was charged with a blown save and loss. After Binghamton jumped to a 5-2 lead in the seventh, the Aeros put up two in the bottom half against Kevin Mulvey and handed Ramirez his first blown save with a run in the ninth. Chen ripped the game-winning hit to right against Jeff Kaplan to give the Aeros their league-leading ninth one-run win. For the second night in a row, the B-Mets got on the board first. In his Double-A debut, Akron starter T.J. House hit his first batter. After the hit batsman, a single and a fielder’s choice, Jefry Marte singled to give Binghamton the lead. Rylan Sandoval doubled in the second and scored on a single from Matt den Dekker. After two bumpy innings, House settled in to blank the B-Mets for four consecutive innings. He retired 12 straight B-Mets before walking Eric Campbell to start the seventh. Akron tied the score with two runs in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey. After allowing two singles and a fielder’s choice, Peavey surrendered his first run by uncorking a wild pitch. Ben Copeland tied the game with a double. The B-Mets got the lead back with a three-run seventh. A walk and fielding error from Kyle Bellows at third ended the night for House. Bryan Price entered and loaded the bases with a walk to Sandoval. Kai Gronauer and Pedro Zapata provided consecutive run-scoring singles before Oswaldo Navarro supplied a sac fly. After two rocky outings, Peavey turned in a strong performance. The righty allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over six innings. Akron responded against Mulvey. Ryan Rohlinger ripped a solo homer to start the inning. Bellows walked and was quickly chased home by Chen’s pinch-hit double. Robert Carson relieved Mulvey and recorded two outs to preserve the lead. The Aeros nearly broke through in the eighth. They loaded the bases with no outs, but failed to get the timely hit. After Carson got two straight outs, Ramirez entered and induced Bellows to fly out to end the inning. Akron finally tied it in the ninth. Chen started the rally with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Tim Fedroff and scored on Juan Diaz’s single. In the 10th, the B-Mets were kept in check by Mason Radeke, making his Double-A debut. In the bottom of the 10th, Ramirez walked Rohlinger and gave up a single to Bellows to set the table to Chen. Kaplan entered and watched Chen lace his second pitch into right to give Akron the walk-off win. The teams continue their four-game series Wednesday as left-handers Mark Cohoon and Giovanni Soto face off. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, JUPITER 6: St. Lucie exploded for a nine-run second inning while winning its sixth straight game. D.J. Carrasco -- working a second straight day, a prerequisite to be activated from the DL -- retired the side in order in the seventh with two strikeouts. The Mets hit five homers and pounded out 19 hits to improve to 21-4. Richard Lucas opened the Mets' scoring in the second with a two-run homer. Robbie Shields drilled a three-run shot to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Cesar Puello extended the lead with an RBI single. The Mets batted around in the second and Lucas also ripped a two-run single in the frame. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff homer in the third to make it 10-1. Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the fifth for a 12-3 lead. Vaughn also had an RBI groundout in the seventh and delivered a two-run double to left in the eighth. Yohan Almonte allowed six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts and picked up his second victory. Ryan Fraser induced an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning after Jupiter loaded the bases and scored three times. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Vaughn had three hits with two runs scored and four RBIs. Lucas went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Flores went 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Danny Muno and Puello each had three hits, while Tovar had two hits and three runs scored. Erik Goeddel starts for St. Lucie on Wednesday. Box

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Around the minors 4.30.12

April, 30, 2012
ROCHESTER at BUFFALO (ppd.): The rainout will be made up during Rochester's Aug. 25-28 visit to Buffalo. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 2: A groundball to third base in the bottom of the eighth started a chain of events that gave the Akron Aeros the lead for good. With the game knotted at 1 and two men aboard, Aeros second baseman Ryan Rohlinger sent a chopper to Jefry Marte at third base. The ball took an awkward hop, bounced past Marte and rolled into left field, allowing Chun Chen to score from second. Left fielder Pedro Zapata missed the cutoff man with his throw to home, enticing pinch runner Ben Copeland to try for third. Catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to the bag was on time, but Marte muffed it, allowing the ball to roll into left again. Copeland scampered home, giving Akron a two-run lead. The Aeros held off a late rally by the B-Mets in the ninth.

The game had started as a duel as Darin Gorski and Steven Wright matched zeroes for four innings. In the fifth, Binghamton's Travis Ozga led off by doubling. Matt den Dekker pushed him to third with a single. Josh Rodriguez brought Ozga home with a sacrifice fly. The lead was short-lived. Facing the bottom third of the batting order, Gorski allowed the first three batters to reach on two walks and a single. With the bases loaded, Tim Fedroff tied the score with a groundout to first base. Gorski escaped any further damage. Wright put up a scoreless sixth before seeing his night end in the seventh. After Lagares walked to start the inning and was bunted to second, Wright was replaced by Rob Bryson. With the potential go-ahead run on base, the righty got out of the inning by inducing Ozga to fly out and Zapata to ground out. Gorski allowed two runners in the sixth, but put up a scoreless inning to end his outing. The southpaw allowed one run on six hits and struck out three over six innings in the no-decision.

After tossing a scoreless seventh, reliever Edgar Ramirez allowed the first two batters to reach to set the table for the decisive play in the eighth. The final run proved vital for Akron as Binghamton put up a rally in the ninth against Bryson. Lagares scorched a two-out single. He moved to third on an infield single by Centeno and throwing error by Rohlinger at second. Ozga cut the deficit to one with a single. Rafael Fernandez was called upon to pinch hit for Zapata, but stranded the tying run at third by striking out to end the game. Although only one run was earned, Ramirez (0-1) suffered his first loss. The B-Mets (12-11) continue their series Tuesday as right-hander Greg Peavey opposes left-hander T.J. House, who makes his Double-A debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Blake Forsythe delivered the tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning as St. Lucie won its fifth straight. Rehabbing D.J. Carrasco opened the game with a scoreless inning. Adam Kolarek picked up a six-out save without allowing a hit. Box

SAVANNAH 10, LEXINGTON 9 (12 innings): Travis Taijeron doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for the decisive run. Taijeron also homered twice and drove in five runs. T.J. Rivera, who was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week on Monday, as well as Cam Maron and Brian Harrison also produced long balls. Box

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Around the minors 4.5.12

April, 5, 2012
PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 2: In hit Triple-A debut, 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey (0-1) allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings . He threw 54 of his 95 pitches for strikes, walking four, striking out three and tossing two wild pitches. Both Bisons homers came in the fourth inning, as Josh Satin and Valentino Pascucci drove shots out to left field. While the Bisons left the yard, the Red Sox didn't need to leave the infield to deal the Herd their its loss of the season. Pawtucket collected five infield hits and benefited from a pair of Bisons errors to hand Buffalo a 4-2 Opening Night defeat from McCoy Stadium. All three times Pawtucket dented the scoreboard they benefited by a play in the infield. Pawtucket second baseman Pedro Ciriaco blooped a soft liner over the mound in the third inning and scored on Mauro Gomez's RBI single to give the PawSox a 1-0 lead. After the Bisons took a 2-1 lead in the fourth, the PawSox put two on in bottom of the inning and escaped a potential inning-ending double play, when Jordany Valdespin couldn't handle Alex Hassan's grounder. Ciriaco took advantage with a single to center field to plate two more runs. An insurance run for the PawSox came in the fifth after a pair of walks drove Harvey from the game. Infield singles from Will Middlebrooks and Jason Repko off reliever Jeff Stevens produced a fourth Pawtucket run. Justin Germano (1-0) was credited with the win for Pawtucket, allowing two runs in five innings. This is the fourth consecutive year the Bisons have begun the season with a loss. Their last Opening Day victory was a 9-4 win in Norfolk on April 3, 2008. Pascucci's home run was his 39th as a Bison. Buffalo went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position while Pawtucket was 4-for-16 in the same situation. Box

AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets could only muster three hits, all singles, against four Akron Aeros pitchers in their season opener, at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton only pushed one runner to second base and failed to reach third during the game. The Binghamton lineup was held hitless over the final four innings. Binghamton bounced into two double plays and had a pair of runners gunned down on steal attempts by Akron catcher Roberto Perez. Collin McHugh, last year’s B-Mets Pitcher of the Year, made the start and tossed two scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third. Leadoff hitter Ben Copeland walked on four pitches and scored two batters later on Tim Fedroff’s double to right-center. After a Juan Diaz single, Jared Goedert ripped an RBI single to left to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Akron starter Paolo Espino fired two scoreless innings before running into trouble of his own in the third. After allowing a leadoff single to Juan Centeno and working the count to 1-1 against Sean Kazmar, the Panamanian left the game with an injury. He was replaced by Kyle Landis, who induced Kazmar to bounce into a double play on his first pitch. Landis then struck out Pedro Zapata to end the inning. Landis’ frame started the bullpen dominance by the Aeros. Landis tossed a scoreless fourth and handed off to Jose De La Torre. A former B-Met, De La Torre worked around a two-out single to put up a scoreless fifth. McHugh’s night ended after five innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four while walking three. Kevin Mulvey, in his return to the organization entered in the sixth and allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Rohlinger. With two runners aboard following a Chun Chen walk, Nick Weglarz bounced a potential double-play ball to second baseman Josh Rodriguez. The new B-Met flipped to second, but shortstop Kazmar at shortstop muffed the throw, allowing Rohlinger to score. Owning a 3-0 lead, De La Torre cruised through the sixth and worked around a one-out walk to toss a scoreless seventh. Matt Langwell took over in the eighth and struck out the side in order. The Aeros tacked on an run against Armando Rodriguez in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz. The B-Mets went in order in the ninth against Langwell, who secured his first save of the season. De La Torre earned the win, while McHugh was saddled with the loss. The Aeros bullpen combined for seven shutout innings. The B-Mets (0-1) continue their series against the Akron Aeros on Friday night at 7:05. Right-hander Zack Wheeler makes his Double-A debut for Binghamton against left-hander T.J. McFarland. Box

BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (11 innings): After allowing a leadoff single in the 11th and sacrifice bunt, Ryan Fraser walked two and had a throwing error to load the bases. Fraser then hit former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch with a pitch to force in the winning run. 2011 second-round pick Cory Mazzoni allowed two unearned runs in five innings in his first St. Lucie start. Hamilton Bennett, Adrian Rosario and Jeffrey Kaplan combined for five scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2: Charley Thurber's bases-loaded single scored Luis Nieves for the walk-off win. Starter Logan Verrett limited Augusta to one unearned run in five innings. Carlos Vazquez had 2 1/3 scoreless, no-hit relief innings with five strikeouts. Box

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ERAJ. Niese 3.40
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